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It can be pretty rare to see a lounge boat without back to back boat seats nowadays – especially if it’s a larger model. This type of seating has become so popular that it’s considered as something of a default feature of large-sized boats today. And it’s not hard to see why – with the amount of space they conserve, back to back boat seats can allow you to enjoy a nice relaxing cruise with a large number of companions – making it the ideal attribute to a boat for socializing purposes.
Of course, before considering using this type of seats on your boat, you should take some time to think about it’s a suitable design for your particular vessel. There are several requirements your boat must typically meet in order to be suitable for back to back seats – the most important one is its size. Putting seats in a back to back style on a small boat will have the opposite effect of what you’re trying to achieve, giving the boat a cramped feeling which will easily ruin any mood that can be created on it.
On the other hand, a boat that’s too large may end up needing more than one row of back to back seats, or have them spaced out too far – in both cases, people may become too spread out on the deck, unable to better socialize in groups. This bit may be a bit difficult to imagine, and it’s one of the most common pitfalls for newcomers to boating. If you have a large vessel, it may be more appropriate to go for a different style, perhaps spreading a few tables inbetween or covering part of the deck to create two unique places where people can converge. It’s really up to you – but just remember, sometimes the most appropriate solution is to simply go for a smaller-sized boat, which will allow you to be more creative in its space allocation.
Combining back to back boat seats with other designs can also be a particularly successful move – for example, if you use a few benches between the different sets of back to back seats, this can create an interesting pattern, and can also be easily used to gather people to a particular spot on the boat. It can take a bit of experimentation to get right, but the final result can definitely be worth it if you’re more creative.
Needless to say, always go for the top quality manufacturers – back to back boat seats can be somewhat fragile in the places where the two seats meet, due to some inherent flaws in the overall design. Good manufacturers produce their seats from materials which can easily avert those problems, so don’t be afraid to pay the few extra bucks for the better quality seats – it’ll be worth it in the long run when you don’t have any excessive maintenance costs! Sure, you’ll have to perhaps repaint them after a few years, but that’s hardly anything difficult or time-consuming.